'Obama Time Capsule' Book, Authored by You, Online
What is it, you say? Well, 'The Obama Time Capsule' is a $35 coffee table photo book, available through Amazon, that can be customized with images and words of your choosing. It's like some bastard love child of Web 2.0, grassroots politics, and those cheesy 'put-your-kid-in-a-story-book' carts at our local mall.
The 200-page book is filled with over 140 professionally shot photos, and includes essays from Colin Powell, Joe Klein, Arianna Huffington, and quite a few others. So why do we care about a politics book? After ordering it, you'll get an e-mail with a link to the book's Web site, where you can customize your copy. You can write the dedication, have your name listed as an author on the cover, and upload your own images to put in the book.
After you're finished, you hit "publish my book" and wait two to three weeks. In no time your personalized and sappy documentation of all things Obama will be at your door step.
Is this the future of book publishing? Will books become highly customizable and printable on demand? Or is this just another gimmick bound to be forgotten a few months from now? Our money is on the latter -- don't expect to see people swapping out 'Kurtz' for their name in 'Heart of Darkness' any time soon. But, man, that would be awesome. [From: USA Today]